Relying on a singularly restrained yet powerful performance from Jacobson, best known for her in-your-face comedy on which she co-created , Ryan tells an intimate, shattering tale. Bylines also at Looper, Game Rant, and Geek Bomb. That may sound like a heavy-handed touch, but be patient: It builds to something powerful. Not that 6 Balloons shies away from the brutal reality of drug addiction, showing how worry gnaws away at each family member and isolates Katie after she enables her brother. It exists in the scarcely occupied space between a full-fledged feature and a character piece, but manages to share a stinging story without overstaying its welcome there.
How do movies like this one become teachable moments? Franco delivers in the role of the desperate, self-destructive brother with so much at stake, and toddler twins Charlotte and Madeline Carel as Ella don't act; they simply break your heart. Considering the role of the enabler from various angles, 6 Balloons offers a comprehensive insight into a complicated issue. Katie can go pick up the cake she told her friends and family she was getting, and bring her niece to the party too. Above all, 6 Balloons reminds us, largely in a singular moment, of the horrors of addiction and the notion that love just might be the hardest drug to quit. And the line between helping a drug addict and enabling them is as thin as that bathroom stall wall. Franco, meanwhile, brings an endearing and at times manipulative boyish charm to his role, which is crucial to explaining why Katie is willing to put herself through so much trouble to help him.
The film also stars Tim Matheson and Jane Kaczmarek and will be released on Netflix on April 6th. Starring Atsuko Maeda, Ryo Kase, and Shota Sometani, the film is a rare example of a Japanese-Uzbekistan co-production. The new movie 6 Balloons lets us peek into the life of a woman whose brother is addicted to opiates. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. How does such realism raise the stakes for audiences? Did you find them distracting? What follows are a few frantic hours during which Katie, in the role of sister, caretaker, and parent to both the child and the adult, attempts to do the right thing, even if it involves a desperate stop at a rehab facility, a stealthy visit to a drug-riddled neighborhood, and a harrowing encounter in a pharmacy. But although one of its central points is that looking after Seth pulls Katie away from her own life, the film does too little with its supporting players to make that idea fully land. Seth leaves Ella in the back yard while he leaves to use, leaving Ella to look for him.
Speaking to , director suggested this new take on an addiction narrative was crucial in exploring current social issues. Katie Jacobson is busy preparing a surprise party for her boyfriend, with the help her mother Jane Kaczmarski and father Tim Matheson and a coterie of close friends, when she notices that her brother Seth Franco and his toddler daughter Ella played alternately by twin sisters Charlotte and Madeline Carel are late in arriving. By the end of the film, did you understand the writer-director's intention in including them? I just really started to think about, if the crisis is that big, there must be so many enablers. For Franco, Seth is undoubtedly his first consequential dramatic turn. For Katie, she wants to help her brother however she can and at whatever cost, even if that means driving to San Pedro, scoring heroin for him, and buying the needles he requires to use it. Therefore they provide unconditional love in dysfunctional manners such as money, access to their addiction, quick forgiveness, or making excuses. Katie finds Seth in a sickly state and continues to search for a center throughout the Los Angeles area, missing Jack's arrival to the surprise party.
In a homeless area, Katie finds heroin for Seth, which is packaged in six balloons. Producers: Samantha Housman, Ross M. Wheels on the Bus - Parker Bent 3. And so — with her cell phone blowing up with messages from the friends and family she left at home — Katie, Seth, and his toddler daughter Ella Charlotte and Madeline Carel hop in the car in search of help. Sure enough, Seth has been using again. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. This is an adult movie, made with insight, realism, and attention to the smallest details of an agonizing situation in which no one is in control, and answers are hard to come by.
Archived from on February 1, 2018. It's an obvious but potent metaphor for what is about to be pulled from beneath her feet and the instability lurking under this middle-class family. Production: A Netflix release and presentation of a Campfire production in association with Free Association. Friends and family are there to help, but Katie, the perfectionist, is as nervous as she is excited. This willingness to show the light and dark of addiction and offer a nuanced depiction of the disease is present throughout the film.
The streaming giant is clearly in the market of making all kinds of films, and that ranges from blockbusters like Bright, action-comedies like Game Over, Man! Running an inexplicably brief 71 minutes, the film — easy to imagine as an intense, real-time account — is clipped and abbreviated from the start. This movie contains materials that show soundtracks for movies, serials, cartoons and games. As her mother Gayle and her friends continue to set-up, Katie goes to pick up the cake and stops to pick up her brother Seth and his young daughter Ella along the way. From Intervention, I learned that drug addiction happens like this: a person experiences childhood trauma, turns to drugs as a coping mechanism, becomes addicted, is alienated by their community, and then their family has an intervention and they go to rehab and live happily ever after or die of an overdose. With: Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Charlotte Carel, Madeline Carel, Maya Erskine, Dawan Owens, Jen Tullock, Lisa Bierman, Pierce Minor, Heidi Sulzman, Tim Matheson, Jane Kaczmarski. The new way of life for the friend or family member is gaining an understanding of the difference between enabling doing for someone what they could do themselves and helping assisting someone to learn the skills to do for themselves. Director: Marja-Lewis Ryan With: Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Charlotte Carel, Madeline Carel, Maya Erskine, Dawan Owens, Jen Tullock, Lisa Bierman, Pierce Minor, Heidi Sulzman, Tim Matheson, Jane Kaczmarski.
Katie returns to the car and Seth asks her to go back and buy a needle from a man living under a tarp. It was released on April 6, 2018. How does such a close, well-told look at one person's experience impact the lives of others? Which specific scenes did writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan create to keep the film as intimate as possible? In doing so, he breaks your heart, too. I recommend this to 16 and up because of how powerful it is. The new way of life for the addict is recovery and learning how to live life without the assistance of drugs or alcohol.
Franco has proven himself to be a talented comic actor and scene-stealer in supporting roles, but this is his first truly memorable dramatic turn and he nails it. I will not spoil the movie but this is a great watch that leaves you with a bitter sweet taste in your mouth. At the drug store, the pharmacist realizes that Seth is a heroin user and gives Katie the key to the bathroom where she changes Ella, asking Seth not to use very much before Seth shoots up. They confront Katie over the night's events and she assumes guilt. As the party that Katie planned goes on without her, Ryan plays self-help audio over the arc of Katie and Seth, almost like chapter breaks.